Image of dawn at the recording site

I have been out recording the last several weeks, just not finding the time to post here.  Because of it’s proximity I have been exploring Gray Lodge more fully.  This time of the year it means getting up pretty early, even though I only live 50 minutes away it means leaving at 4:00am or so to capture the dawn chorus.  Which is precisely what I have done this week.

Every time I visit I hope to find out something new, the second recording you hear is a reminder that the wildlife area is surrounded by working agricultural fields, which need to be seeded which in the case of rice is done by bi-plane, at 5:30 on a Sunday morning.  I would assume this is a similar process to crop dusting.

The first recording is the earlier recording, there is some distant traffic, trains and you can hear the bi-plane begin.  There are occasional Wild Turkeys and American Coot among the Red-winged Black Birds Marsh Wrens and others, if you can identify anything please let me know and I will update, thanks. This is an ORTF recording using Schoeps MK21 capsules.

First Recording:

The recording below is an Jecklin recording using DPA 4006 capsules.

Second Recording (caution loud planes throughout, unedited except for some rolloff):


  1. London Sound Survey said,

    May 18, 2011 @ 5:12 am

    I came across your site after searching for the term ‘DPA 4006’ and was very glad indeed I found it – the recordings here are beautiful.

    I note that you’ve used two DPA omnis with a Jecklin disc in the recording above, but that this doesn’t seem to be an array which you use very often.

    Are there drawbacks to using a Jecklin disc?

    Best wishes

  2. gweddig said,

    May 18, 2011 @ 7:16 am

    Hi Ian,
    It all depends on my feeling for the recording, the Jecklin tends to be more difficult to lug through the bush sometimes, compared to say a Rycote. It is less self contained and harder to provide wind protection for. Plus I am always very happy with my most favorite of stereo recording formats, ORTF.
    So many times I will use Jecklin as the rear channels on a surround setup or when I know headphones will be the primary listening source (I think it sounds better on headphones).
    Thanks for checking out my site!

  3. London Sound Survey said,

    May 18, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    Thanks for your answer Greg, I can imagine it would be a burden and I don’t like carrying more around than I have to. Interesting point with regards to headphone listening too.

    Best wishes

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